America’s West by Rail – 16 Days
September 13, 2018 Double: $7,995, Single: $10,995 Book by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp. (Route A) Travel by motorcoach to Crestwood, IL located on the fringe of the Windy City. Then, hop on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief for a 40-hour cross-country journey through…
September 13, 2018
Double: $7,995, Single: $10,995
Book by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.
Travel by motorcoach to Crestwood, IL located on the fringe of the Windy City. Then, hop on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief for a 40-hour cross-country journey through the American West. We’ll cross the mighty Mississippi, and take the Sante Fe Trail through New Mexico en route to Arizona.
Spectacular landscapes roll by the huge train windows: golden fields, fruit plains, snowy peaks, canyon passes barely wider than the train itself, flat-topped mesas, and deserts with flowering cactus and tumbleweeds. Look for ranches (and cowboys), missions, and pueblos that anchor this vast and grand terrain.
The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and America’s most famous attraction. With a guide, we’ll fill our souls with the enormity of this massive geologic wonder, then, Viva Las Vegas! Welcome to the corner of the Mojave that never sleeps, with so much to explore during your free time.
It’s on to Yosemite with an 82-mile jaw-dropping ride past granite monoliths (El Capitan and the Half Dome, North America’s sheerest face), gemstone lakes, subalpine wilderness, and giant sequoias that grow into the clouds.
Homeward bound, we board the California Zephyr and take in the rugged High Sierras and tour Salt Lake City, crossing under the Continental Divide via the famous five-mile long Moffat Tunnel.
Arrive back in Chicago where the DeNure coach awaits for your journey back to Canada.
Are you goin’ to San Francisco? Be sure to wear flowers in your hair! The city of fog and fab – where the “Summer of Love” was born and still lingers 50 years later – wears different clothes than the rest of the country. Rooflines are crooked, treetops lean away from the wind, and cable cars strain up the steep inclines of San Fran’s 43 notorious hills.
More than any other city, this is where you eat fresh. You’ll find the most restaurants and organic farmers markets per capita anywhere in North America.
A 3.5 hour sightseeing tour of the “City by the Bay” includes Golden Gate Park, Jackson Square, Telegraph Hill, the Presidio, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Golden Gate Park offers over 1,000 acres of gardens, museums, studios, and conservatories. The Presidio’s manicured lawns betray its 218-year history as an army base. In the visitor centre, the lines on the floor show the outline of military cells. The waterfront of Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to shop ‘til you drop or eat ‘til you’re stuffed – this is where you can nab steaming hot fresh-off-the-boat Dungeness crab from outdoor stands!
Deluxe motorcoach transportation to Chicago, 15 nights accommodation (including 2 nights aboard Amtrak train), 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.
• Amtrak’s Southwest Chief and California Zephr train journeys
• Follow the Santa Fe Trail to Flagstaff
• Grand Canyon
• Painted Desert
• Kaibab National Forest
• Free time in Las Vegas including Fremont Street
• Yosemite National Park
• Free time in Sacramento
• Guided tour of San Francisco including: Golden Gate Park, Jackson Square, Telegraph Hill, Presidio and Fisherman’s Wharf
• Muir Woods National Monument
• Guided tour of Salt Lake City
• Colorado Rockies
Crestwood, IL: Holiday Inn Express (1 night )
Amtrak: Southwest Chief (1 night)
Flagstaff, AZ: DoubleTree (2 nights)
Las Vegas, NV: Tropicana (2 nights)
Fresno, CA: Holiday Inn Express & Suites (1 night)
Sacramento, CA: Holiday Inn or Embassy Suites Riverboat Promenade (2 nights)
San Francisco, CA: Hotel Zephyr (2 nights)
Elko, NV: Hilton Garden Inn (1 night)
Price, UT: Holiday Inn Express and Suites (1 night)
Amtrack: California Zephr (1 night)
Battle Creek, MI: Holiday Inn (1 night)
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America's West by Rail – 16 Days
Day 1: Travel to Crestwood, IL
Sit back and enjoy the scenery on our deluxe motorcoach as we head to Illinois for the night. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers this evening
Stay: Holiday Inn Express, Crestwood, IL
Day 2: Depart Amtrak’s Southwest Chief
After breakfast at the hotel, head to Chicago’s Union Station, and prepare for your afternoon departure on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief.
Stay: Amtrak’s Southwest Chief (Roomette)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Travel to Flagstaff, AZ
As you pass through seven states enroute to Flagstaff, you’ll feel the same excitement the pioneers felt as they headed west. Follow the Santa Fe Trail through New Mexico and Arizona with huge windows offering panoramic views of the spectacular landscape. Enjoy a brief, train-side walk in Albuquerque at mid-afternoon. You continue on the train to Flagstaff, Arizona, where you will arrive this evening and be transferred to your hotel.
Stay: DoubleTree, Flagstaff, AZ
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Grand Canyon, AZ
Enjoy a continental breakfast at your hotel, then travel by deluxe motorcoach to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Immense in size and America’s most famous natural attraction with its colourful strata of rock, you’ll get a chance to view the Canyon from several observation areas with a knowledgeable guide. At the Watchtower, see vistas of the Colorado River, the Canyon, the Painted Desert and Kaibab National Forest.
Meals: B, D
Day 5: Las Vegas, NV
Today travel northwest 250 miles to fabulous Las Vegas, the magnificent oasis in the desert, where you’ll arrive late afternoon. Enjoy the evening to explore on your own; take in a world-renowned show, hit the jackpot at the casino or dine in the restaurant of an award-winning chef.
Stay: Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV
Day 6: Las Vegas, NV
This morning take a tour of three spectacular hotels in Las Vegas. With the afternoon at leisure, you can shop, relax by the pool or continue hotel-hopping. Tonight, you’ll experience the original Las Vegas, now known as “downtown,” which still rivals the strip as a favorite destination. The Fremont Street Experience features an impressive $70-million canopy of light and sound that envelopes the historic hotels and casinos along four city blocks. Then, enjoy free time to explore the fabulous downtown casinos and restaurants.
Day 7: Fresno, CA
Depart Las Vegas this morning, stopping in Barstow, California for lunch on your own. Arrive in Bakersfield this afternoon and catch the San Joaquin train to Fresno, the gateway to Yosemite National Park. Arrive early evening and transfer to your hotel for the night.
Stay: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Fresno, CA
Day 8: Yosemite National Park, CA
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and then get ready for what is destined to be a spectacular day. Ride the scenic 82-mile journey into Yosemite National Park and experience El Capitan, Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, the park’s most visited attractions. This afternoon includes a two-hour narrated sightseeing tour of this World Heritage Site as the Park comes alive with natural beauty and a strong sense of American history. Later this afternoon, you continue to Sacramento, California’s capital city with a stop for dinner on your own.
Stay: Holiday Inn or Embassy Suites Riverboat Promenade, Sacramento, CA
Day 9: Sacramento, CA
Enjoy the free day exploring one of Sacramento’s many delightful attractions. Relive the California Gold Rush in historic Old Sacramento or shop to your heart’s content in the mega-shopping mall, both within walking distance of your hotel. History and train buffs will want to visit the fascinating California State Railroad Museum with its 21 restored locomotives and train cars or the majestic State Capitol Building.
Meals: B, D
Day 10: San Francisco, CA
This morning you head for San Francisco, stopping for lunch on your own. Arrive into the world-famous “City by the Bay” this afternoon and enjoy a a 3 1/2 hour sightseeing tour, including Golden Gate Park, Jackson Square, Telegraph Hill, the Presidio and Fisherman’s Wharf. The afternoon tour will end at Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can enjoy dinner at one of its famous seafood restaurants on the water.
Stay: Hotel Zephyr Fishermans’ Wharf, San Francisco, CA
Day 11: San Francisco, Muir Woods
Today cross the famous Golden Gate Bridge on your way to Muir Woods and its magnificent 800-year-old, 250-foot tall redwood trees. On your way home this afternoon, stop in the village of Sausalito with its Mediterranean style, before returning to San Francisco for a free evening on your own.
Day 12: Elko, NV
Depart for Emeryville station this morning and board Amtrak’s California Zephyr. Settle into your comfortable reclining seat for the day, and enjoy lunch and dinner on the train while enjoying the spectacular views of the changing scenery. As you travel eastward, you leave the lush green landscape and palm trees of California behind and enter the rugged terrain of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, dotted with pine trees.
Stay: Hilton Garden Inn, Elko, NV
Day 13: Salt Lake City, Price, UT
After breakfast at the hotel, board the motorcoach for your trip to Price, Utah. On the way, stop for a tour of Salt Lake City and see the Mormon Temple, Tabernacle, Brigham Young’s Monument, Beehive House, Lion House, Eagle Gate, University of Utah, and Fort Douglas. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of Salt Lake’s many ethnic restaurants and then continue on to Price where you’ll arrive early evening.
Stay: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Price, UT
Day 14: Colorado Rockies
After breakfast, board Amtrak’s California Zephyr in Helper, Utah for your return trip to Chicago. Enjoy a full day in your comfortable, reclining seats and be sure to enjoy the spectacular scenery for the Sightseer Lounger car. Climb through the awesome Rockies, experience the famous, five-mile long Moffat Tunnel and go under the Continental Divide, before passing through Denver.
Stay: Amtrak’s California Zephr (Roomette)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 15: Travel to Chicago, MI
The California Zephyr will make its way across Iowa and Illinois and arrive in Chicago mid-afternoon. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by DeNureTours coach and will depart for Battle Creek for an included dinner and overnight stay at your hotel this evening.
Stay: Holiday Inn, Battle Creek, MI
Meals: B, L, D
Day 16: Travel home
After breakfast, continue your return journey home.